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New Report Breaks Down the Clean Economy

This morning the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program released a comprehensive new report, "Sizing the Clean Economy," which takes a detailed look at the United States' ongoing transformation toward a low-carbon future. The report, co...

Posted July 13, 2011    

The Carbon Price Debate As Smokescreen For Inaction

The following essay was written by Tad Tietze and Elizabeth Humphrys, and originally published at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation website (http://www.abc.net.au/). The opinions expressed in the essay are those of the authors alone, and do...

Posted June 10, 2011    

More Voices Advance a New Climate Paradigm Abroad

After 20 years of dominance, the pollution paradigm--the idea that we could solve climate change similar to the way we've addressed conventional pollution problems--irretrievably failed in 2010. At the end of 2009, the collapse in Copenhagen spelled...

Posted June 9, 2011    

2012 House Appropriations Bill Proposes DOE Budget Cuts

Today, the House Appropriations Committee released its FY12 Energy and Water and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, legislation that if passed would set FY12 funding levels for the Department of Energy and various other federal agencies. While...

Posted June 2, 2011    

Biden: National Investment Will Spark Energy Innovation

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden vowed that the country will lead the global clean energy revolution by harnessing its citizens' entrepreneurial spirit and innovative capacity. Speaking at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Biden...

Posted May 26, 2011    

Nuclear or Fossil: Can Germany Shut Down Both?

Last week, a commission appointed by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel recommended that the country shut down all of its nuclear plants by 2021 and instead rely on other forms of power for its electricity, including renewable energy. This analysis...

Posted May 24, 2011    

Socolow: Climate Stablization Wedges Were a Mistake

National Geographic has a pretty remarkable story up on the so-called "stabilization wedges" approach to reducing emissions (thx DM). The article has a number of lengthy quotes from Robert Socolow (co-author with Stephen Pacala on the paper) in...

Posted May 15, 2011    

Weighing In On The Gas Tax Debate

By Jesse Jenkins and Sara Mansur Kevin Drum's recent post on the low price elasticity of demand for oil has reignited an old debate over gas taxes and energy innovation. Drum draws our attention to some "eye popping" figures for price elasticity of...

Posted May 5, 2011    

Offshored Emissions Negate Carbon Cuts by Developed Countries

Increases in carbon-intensive imported goods have negated cuts in carbon emissions by developed countries since 1990, finds a new report published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The Kyoto Protocol assigns emissions from the...

Posted April 29, 2011    

Losing the Future?

"The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. ... We'll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology, an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet,...

Posted April 14, 2011    

Budget Deal Cuts Innovation Investments

A budget compromise to fund the government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 would reduce federal energy innovation investments by 10 percent relative to 2010 funding levels. At the same time, the Continuing Resolution would make across the...

Posted April 13, 2011    

Ryan's Budget Proposes Cuts to Energy Innovation Investments

Last Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, a plan that would strip federal funding for energy innovation. If enacted, the budget would seriously threaten the country's clean energy...

Posted April 10, 2011